Sometimes the background of some solid colored cardstock just needs a little something added to it. It's a great opportunity to pull out those stamps and select a slightly darker shade of the cardstock color to give it a patterned background.
Is that confusing?
Well, check out DoBea's wonderful example to see what I'm talking about
She's got the tone-on-tone background pattern going on and it sets off the rest of her embellishments beautifully!
You can use a background stamp or use a small stamp to create a pattern of your own. Either way, it creates a very cool effect...